How to Connect Switch Controller to Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

In today’s article, we will discuss how to connect a Switch controller to your Android device. Whether you want to play games on your phone or use the controller for other purposes, this guide will walk you through the process step by step.

What You’ll Need

Before we get started, let’s make sure you have everything you need:

  • An Android device
  • A Nintendo Switch controller
  • A USB-C OTG adapter (if your Android device has a USB-C port)
  • A USB-A OTG adapter (if your Android device has a micro USB port)

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Firstly, ensure that your Android device supports the use of external controllers. Most modern devices running Android 10 or above should have this functionality built-in.

Step 2: Connect the Controller

Now, let’s connect the Switch controller to your Android device:

  1. Charge the Controller: Before connecting, make sure the Switch controller is fully charged or has enough battery power.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth: Enable Bluetooth on your Android device by going to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth and toggling it on.
  3. Put Controller in Pairing Mode: Press and hold the small sync button located at the top of the Joy-Con or Pro Controller until the lights start flashing.
  4. Select Pair New Device: On your Android device, go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth and tap on “Pair new device.”
  5. Select Controller: Look for a device named “Nintendo RVL-CNT-01” or “Pro Controller” in the list of available devices and tap on it to pair.
  6. Confirm Pairing: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.

Step 3: Verify Connection

Once paired, you can verify if the controller is connected and working correctly:

  1. Open a Game or App: Launch a game or app that supports external controllers.
  2. Test Controls: Use the buttons and joysticks on the Switch controller to navigate and interact within the game or app. If everything is working as expected, you have successfully connected your Switch controller to your Android device.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the connection process, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Restart Your Devices: Turn off both your Android device and Switch controller, then turn them back on and try connecting again.
  • Update Firmware: Check for any available firmware updates for your Switch controller and install them if necessary. This can be done through the Nintendo Switch system settings.
  • Clean Connections: Ensure that both ends of any adapters you are using are clean and free from debris. Sometimes, a simple cleaning can resolve connection problems.

Congratulations! You now know how to connect a Nintendo Switch controller to your Android device. Enjoy gaming with enhanced control on your favorite apps!

I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy gaming!

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